SO 329 Sociology of the Life Course
S2T 2012 DL
Brewster, Franklin R., II
Senior Adjunct Faculty
M.A. counseling- Chapman UniversityB.S. Social Pyschology- Park College
March 19, 2012- May 13, 2012
Allan, G. and Jones, J. (2003). Social relations and the life course, Palgrave (9780333984970) (SRLC)
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Instructor Learning Outcomes
200 Comprehensive Final Examination (20%)
200 Core Assessment: Data Analysis Assignment (20%)
Interviews and Analyses: interview at least two appropriate individuals for each assignment, then analyze their issues and concerns with reference to specific concepts and findings discussed in this course.
100 Gender-specific interview – one male and one female
100 Children and parents interview – one child and one parent in the same family
100 Mature adult interview – two adults, on the topic of your choice (same topic with both)
100 Work interview – two adults who have experienced a work transition
200 Participation and Discussion:
15 pts/week personal reaction to the week’s reading, applied to your life
Essay: (max. 3000 words, plus tables and figures) Identify one life stage OR life stage transition, and then select one issue or theme as your focus. For example, you may select the transition from work to retirement, focusing on the change in personal identity or as your focus. Your essay must include the following components:
1. Define and analyze the major applicable characteristics of the stage, or stages. Are those stages currently well defined in our culture or in flux? How and why? Are there differences as a function of gender? Cite specific research and examples to illustrate your characterizations.
2. What are the challenges faced by individuals, groups, and society as people attempt to navigate this transition?
3. How does this stage or transition today compare with the same stage or transition a generation ago? How do you think it might look in another generation, given societal changes?
4. Does existing research suggest optimal strategies for dealing with this stage or transition? What are they? Do people actually follow those strategies, and if so, who does and under what conditions? Evaluate that research and suggest how it might be applied.
Your essay should clearly define your stage or transition, and the personal and social consequences of the specific stage or transition. Carefully edit and proofread your essay, and ensure that it conforms to the applicable guidelines of APA format, and include all citations and references. Each point should be carefully explained with sociological concepts, explicitly justified with reason and empirical scientific evidence, and illustrated through specific real-world examples. Your essay will be evaluated in terms of content and clarity of writing.
Point Range Letter Grade
>= 900 A
800 – 899 B
700 – 799 C
600 – 699 D
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late assignments will be accepted by the course instructor. However, ALL work that is submitted and/or received past the established deadline will be assessed a penalty of 50% of the value of the assignment. This policy does not extend to weekly discussion topics. Students who do not participate in the weekly discussions in a timely manner are encouraged to participate in past discussions as possible, but no points will be awarded for said late participation. Students have until Sunday night at midnight (CST) to complete their discussion questions.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students must be respectful to all points of view, especially to those which are different from their own. Respect and courtesy must prevail in the classroom. Please be aware of the words you use in your discussions. It is sometimes difficult to understand intent and tone in the online classroom, because we lack the nonverbal queues. It is important that we recognize the value in various points of views as we search for truth.
Week 1: Sociological Imagination and the Life Course
Read BSI Chapters 1 and 2
Participation and discussion (25 points total)
Week 2. Understanding cohorts and understanding individual lives
Read BSI Chapters 3 and 4
Week 3. Children and parents
Read SRLC Chapters 4 and 5
Children and parents interview must be completed by Sunday at 10:00 PM (CST) (100 points)
Participation and discussion (25 points total)
Week 4. Family and home
Read SRLC Chapters 7 and 9
Week 5. Changes: Gender and migration
Read SRLC Chapters 2 and 10
Gender interview must be completed by Sunday at 10:00 PM (CST) (100 points)
Week 6. Changes: Work and relationships
SRLC Chapters 12 and 13
Work interview must be completed by Sunday at 10:00 PM (CST) (100 points)
Week 7. Putting it all together
BSI Chapter 5
Mature adult interview must be completed by Sunday at 10:00 PM (CST) (100 points)
Core Analysis Paper Due by Sunday at 10:00PM (CST) (200 points)
Week 8. Back to the beginning
BSI Chapter 6
Proctored Comprehensive Final Exam (200 points)
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